The “Hawaii Van Gogh” Pants
Fabric: Rayon challis
Pattern: McCall’s 6514
Notions: Interfacing, 1″ elastic
Time to complete: 36 hours
First worn: At a local lakefront spot
Wear again? Most definitely.
Total Price: $12
To carry on the cringe-busting momentum I picked up from last week’s refashion challenge — where I came and conquered inseam pockets — for this week’s Art Challenge, I ventured down the long, dark alley of pants fitting. All while paying an offbeat homage to my favorite painter, Van Gogh.
My affection for Van Gogh started when I saw his work hanging on the walls of his museum in Amsterdam during my honeymoon to the beautiful city. Post-nuptial bliss probably had something to do with it, but I think me and Van Gogh’s mutual love for yellow and sunflowers is what made me a forever fan. The color scheme of the painting below is what inspired my creation this week, the “Hawaii Van Gogh” pants.
Interesting fact: This painting is worth $50 million and was stolen from a Cairo museum a couple of years ago.
The floral print fabric I used is actually a part of a collection made by Freespirit called “Van Gogh Rayon Challis” and whispered my name when I saw it (Van Gogh-inspired AND rayon…too good to be true) even though it only has a vague resemblance to the painter’s style. I didn’t realize it would look so tropical in real life and vowed to order swatches of too-good-to-be-true prints in the future. I do dig it though. Even decided its best to plan a luau around these pants. One that Don Ho and Steve McGarrett would be proud to attend.
It took three muslins to get the fit right on these pants, but as usual, my quest for proper fit is a relentless one. So, I cared not that I’d be late posting this week. I now have a current set of measurements for my bottom half and have refreshed my understanding of design ease vs. wearing ease. With my proportions, these are concepts I can’t ignore.
Since this is only my second pair of pants (the first I made five years ago), I chose a pattern with a simple style and construction steps (no closures, just an elastic-back waist for pull-on action). Assembling the five pattern pieces was a breeze. Much like the one waving my pants around like a flag in these photos.
I love how how things turned out and plan to make these pants (including the wider legged version) again and again. Especially now that I solved the wedgie situation that was going on with my first and second muslin attempts.
There you have it. I survived (just barely) another round of marathon sewing. Though, I may have to sit out next week’s challenge so I can pay a little attention to my life. I haven’t touched the vacuum cleaner in over a month and we’re on our fourth night of carry out dinner. It’s probably time to back away from the sewing machine long enough to tidy up my crib and cook a decent meal.
If you see me here next week, you’ll know I’m full of s**t ;-).
Thanks for looking.